By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 02/10/15, 8:42 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago
SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College have both received warnings from their national accrediting agency, which also said the new president of Valley College is not qualified for her job.
Both colleges have received the results of accreditation evaluations from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the San Bernardino Community College District announced Tuesday. Both colleges were placed on “warning” and have to address concerns raised by the ACCJC by March 15, 2016.
San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bob Barron said students should not be concerned.
“We’re fully accredited and there’s a long process before a college would lose accreditation,” he said Tuesday.
To receive a positive accreditation from the ACCJC, colleges must: have clearly defined objectives appropriate to higher education, established conditions under which those higher education objectives can be achieved, appear to be accomplishing its objectives substantially, be organized, staffed and supported so as to accomplish its higher education objectives, and demonstrate that it meets Accreditation Standards according to the commission’s website.
In its Feb. 5 letter to SBVC, the commission said college officials need to look at student outcomes regularly. It also agreed with a third-party complaint that newly appointed SBVC President Gloria Fisher does not have the college degree required for her position under accreditation rules.
Highland lawyer Frank Peterson filed a complaint against the college in 2006, calling Fisher’s credentials into question.
“They have known this information since 2002, right through the board of trustees,” Peterson said Tuesday.
In order to be a community college instructor in California, one must have a master’s degree in the area they’re teaching or a bachelor’s degree in that area and a master’s degree in a “reasonably related” discipline. Administrators are required to have a master’s degree in any discipline and a year of formal training, internship or experience “reasonably related” to the assignment in question.
Fisher has already committed to getting the required degree, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino Community College District on Tuesday. She was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.
“How many years would that take?” Peterson said. “You hire somebody who’s not qualified now, and then you pay for them to get qualified?”
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